Subject: NBC corporate Assassins smack Banefield.   there IS a solution...!

    ..that CHILL you feel is GE-nbc news execs slapping their own anchor
silly for telling the truth....

    Dear Bart:

    By now, we all know that the ONLY way that Republicans win elections
(getting millions of Americans to vote against their own best interest) is
through (a. the incompetence and servility of democrats, and, b. -) the
mastery of Marketing and PR.

    Since the days of Reagan, repub. operatives have known that you could
SLASH housing for disabled seniors, if you get prime news-time showing you
cutting the ribbon to the opening of one of the remaining such facilities.
[from a Bill Moyers media-in-politiccs video series from the '80s, featuring
an interview with Leslie Stahl in this example.]

    To counter the PR/media mastery, the dems MUST fight back using same
techniques - KISS, and REPETITION!       (That is, Keep It Simple! and understandable)

    Specifically, I would suggest that ANYTIME a dem. candidate (or liberal
website) talks about NBC news, it FIRST say "GE-nbc news."

    IF you get a hardball question from tim russert, you FIRST must say,

    "Mr. Russert, you do realize that you get your paycheck from corporate
conglomerate General Electric, and that to them, NBC news is just one
subsidiary that must post a profit?"  then go on to answer his question. !!

    I personally (had to) watch russert assassinate the Florida gubernatorial
candidacy of  democrat Bill McBride, because russert hurled dozens of HARD
questions to McBride, and gave nothing but SOFT pitches to the GOP incumbent
(jeb bush).  How russert could "moderate" a debate between McBride and bush,
without pounding away at (much less not mentioning!) Florida's current budget
deficits, social cutbacks, and tax cuts for wealthy, is of course beyond
understanding.. until you acknowledge that russert is a hired assassin for
his corporate masters.

    If dems continue to offer themselves up as lambs to the wolves or
russert, mathews, stephanopolous, etc, then they really aren't leaders.

    Lib. web-sites can show the way! by always prefacing "NBC" with GE-nbc"  or "Westinghouse-cbs" etc.!

    Thanks, Bart, I hope you take this idea and run with it!

NBC's Banfield Chided Over Criticisms

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC News president Neal Shapiro has taken Ashleigh Banfield
to the woodshed for a speech in which she criticized the networks for portraying the Iraqi war as "glorious and wonderful."
Banfield delivered her remarks Thursday at Kansas State University.

"She and we both agreed that she didn't intend to demean the work of her colleagues, and she will choose her
words more carefully in the future," an NBC spokeswoman said Monday.

Other sources inside NBC said Banfield promised, in effect, not to do it again and to check her facts before
making public statements in the future. Banfield had criticized NBC in the speech for closing its bureau in Kabul,
Afghanistan, a statement that the network said was untrue. Sources said Shapiro "bawled her out" for what were
perceived as criticisms over the war coverage of all of the networks, including NBC and MSNBC.

In her speech, Banfield said the networks had portrayed the Iraqi war as "glorious and wonderful"
because they had failed to show the bloody horrors  of the battles.

There was no indication whether Shapiro was upset over the entire speech -- Banfield also lambasted
Fox News Channel and MSNBC talk show host Michael Savage -- or just the elements that were
critical of the networks' war coverage.

NBC insiders said few people took Banfield's comments seriously because of  her lack of experience
-- she is largely working for MSNBC these days, and her primetime show on the network failed last
summer. "I don't think people look to Ashleigh Banfield to set the standards of journalism," one person
said about the reaction inside the department. "People were sort of rolling their eyes."

Reporters who have returned from Iraq have defended the networks' lack of  blood-and-guts video,
saying it was impossible to film much of it because of  logistical reasons. They also noted that embedded
reporters did not see action much of the time in Iraq.

"In my situation, I didn't have the occasion to videotape many bodies or anything," said Don Dahler,
an ABC News correspondent embedded in Iraq who was interviewed April 16 after returning to the
United States. "I don't think I would have shied away from shooting dead bodies or injured Americans."

Banfield noted in her speech that Americans never got to see the results of  mortar fire, just the smoke.

But correspondents have said it was impossible to film the damage because tanks and artillery were
firing at targets miles away from them. Banfield, who was stationed Stateside during the war, is the first
network journalist to publicly criticize television's coverage of the war.

Correspondents who have returned from the front have all raved about the embedding system that placed
them with troops as well as the overall network coverage of the war.

"On a more macular level, there's some sort of demystification here -- not only for the media but for the
military and what the other institution is about," CBS News correspondent Mark Strassman said after
returning from the war. "This vague process is a new step that will always continue to evolve. And all that's
for the better. They have a story worth telling, and we have a story that we want to tell, and all that is for the good."

Lost in much of the controversy is that Banfield actually had praise for NBC News in her KSU speech,
saying the network had never censored her when she covered the Arab point of view. A major theme
of her speech was that both Americans and Arabs need to be educated about each other's culture and
points of view in order to begin a dialogue that would lead to peace. She said that can't be done if television
networks abandon overseas coverage.

But much of Banfield's criticism was aimed at television audiences who would prefer to watch stories about
murder victims and missing girls than international relations -- unless there is a major crisis.

"It's crucial to our security that you are interested in this," she said. "Because when you are interested,
I can respond. If I put this on right now, you'll turn it off."

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